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One of Krishna Menon's many dreams for his dear homeland was to convert one of Minicoy's islands into a pre-historic nature sanctuary and remove all traces of man ever setting foot there.

A. many dreams for his dear homeland was to convert one of Minicoy's islands into a pre-historic nature sanctuary and remove
B. many dreams for his dear homeland was to convert one of Minicoy's islands into a pre-historic nature sanctuary and removing
C. many dreams for his dear homeland was converting one of Minicoy's islands into a pre-historic nature sanctuary and removing
D. many dreams for his dearly homeland was to convert one of Minicoy's islands into a pre-historic nature sanctuary and remove
E. many dreams for his dearly homeland was to convert one of Minicoy's islands into a pre-historic nature sanctuary and remove

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Can somebody explain what is wrong with A
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Re: many dreams [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2010, 17:38
I think it just comes down to parallel structure. D/E are out, and C is the only remaining choice that keeps parallelism.
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Re: many dreams [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2010, 08:19
E is incorrect because of "dearly".
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Re: many dreams [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2010, 08:30
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I think it just comes down to parallel structure. D/E are out, and C is the only remaining choice that keeps parallelism.



Why not (A) ... I can see no reason to reject (A) as a correct answer .. 'to' is understood before the word "remove" and is parallel in the sentence
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Re: many dreams [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2010, 08:36
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I think it just comes down to parallel structure. D/E are out, and C is the only remaining choice that keeps parallelism.



Thanks. Yeah I see that. I vote for C.
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Re: many dreams [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2010, 08:41
A violates infinitive parallelism. I guess.
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Re: many dreams [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2010, 10:57
I agree with people saying A as the OA. But still want to know that why it is not OA? to convert and remove are parallel.
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Re: many dreams [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2010, 11:01
I would also go with C. Since this question beyond grammar rules becomes grammar prefrence types.

Dreams Was .. converting .. removing. Simple and concise.

There is no need for "was to convert" sounds verbose.
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Re: many dreams [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2010, 12:14
However - one rule is broken like this one

One of the: The pattern to remember is ‘one of the NOUN (this noun will always be plural)

One of Krishna Menon's many dreams for his dear homeland was

was is singular verb ----> it should be were.

Example : He is one of the persons who make money.
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Re: many dreams [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2010, 17:33
A. many dreams for his dear homeland was to convert one of Minicoy's islands into a pre-historic nature sanctuary and remove
B. many dreams for his dear homeland was to convert one of Minicoy's islands into a pre-historic nature sanctuary and removing
C. many dreams for his dear homeland was converting one of Minicoy's islands into a pre-historic nature sanctuary and removing
D. many dreams for his dearly homeland was to convert one of Minicoy's islands into a pre-historic nature sanctuary and remove
E. many dreams for his dearly homeland was to convert one of Minicoy's islands into a pre-historic nature sanctuary and remove

Only C is parallel ! And dearly does not modify homeland.
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Re: many dreams [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2010, 07:56
I think this SC is wrong.

Option D and E are same :? .

Introductory part says One of the dreams...was....converting ....and removing....
Is it logical?

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One of Krishna Menon's many dreams for his dear homeland was to convert one of Minicoy's islands into a pre-historic nature sanctuary and remove all traces of man ever setting foot there.

A. many dreams for his dear homeland was to convert one of Minicoy's islands into a pre-historic nature sanctuary and remove
B. many dreams for his dear homeland was to convert one of Minicoy's islands into a pre-historic nature sanctuary and removing
C. many dreams for his dear homeland was converting one of Minicoy's islands into a pre-historic nature sanctuary and removing
D. many dreams for his dearly homeland was to convert one of Minicoy's islands into a pre-historic nature sanctuary and remove
E. many dreams for his dearly homeland was to convert one of Minicoy's islands into a pre-historic nature sanctuary and remove

The OA is
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c


Can somebody explain what is wrong with A

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Re: many dreams [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2010, 22:24
Yes this question doesn't seem right. Will go with C anyway based on parallelism
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Re: many dreams [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2010, 03:24
Hi gmatcracker2010 , can you let me know the source of this SC .
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Re: many dreams [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2010, 18:37
Obviously not a GMAT qstn, I will go with D and E(as both are same)

C has a problem. The mentioned sentence states a desire or dream, How can it be in a present participle form???
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Re: many dreams [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2010, 08:15
very weird question. first of all D and E are exactly same.

There is no violation of infinitive parallelism. It is perfectly okay to not have "to" for the second parallel staructure.

so "to convert" and "remove" is fine because "to" is understood for "remove". It is possible that option (A) is incorrect for verbose but it is not incorrect grammatically.

Can someone please explain why "dearly" is wrong in option (D) and how can we decide that the word "dear" is needed for "homeland' and not "dearly"?
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Re: many dreams [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2010, 09:08
Hi Guys,

This is certainly not a real GMAT question. There is nothing wrong with A.

Here is how parallelism works with infinitives:

Correct: I like to eat, to sleep, and to run. (The list starts after the word "like".)

Correct: I like to eat, sleep, and run. (The list starts after the "to".)

Incorrect: I like to eat, sleep, and to run.

You must stay consistent! Use "to" in every item, or parallel items can be just the base verb after the "to".

As for dear/dearly:

This a matter of adjectives versus adverbs.

"Dear" is an adjective. Adjectives describe ONLY NOUNS.

"Dearly" is an adverb. Adverbs describes words that are NOT NOUNS.

In this sentence, we are trying to describe the word "homeland," which is a noun.
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